Opioid contracts may reduce abuse
Only a third of patients with chronic pain will benefit from opioids.
According to the guidelines, even these patients will have incomplete relief of pain.
In contrast to the limited efficacy, 80% of patients will have at least one adverse effect from opioids.
Up to 20% will misuse their drugs with potentially fatal consequences.
All other treatment options should be considered before prescribing an opioid.